‘Small Fortune’ producer ends youngest media after seven years

Exclusive: UK entertainment producer behind Youngest Media, MTV game of clones and NBC’s small fortuneClosing after seven years.

The company was founded in 2016 by former Endemol Shine executives Lucas Church and David Flynn and counts Elizabeth Murdoch among its backers until 2021.

Accountancy company Menzies LLP has been appointed to close Youngest as part of a “voluntary” liquidation next week.

Flynn and Church said: “We thought we’d weathered the storm but the impact on cash flow and the creative pipeline really hit us last year and a few key decisions on the show didn’t go our way, so sadly we’ve stopped Youngest.”

“From the BAFTA- and Broadcast Award-nominated we’re proud of all our shows here and around the world over the years. money bag with a direct-to-series US network commission small fortune. We want to thank everyone who is part of Youngest, who has made this possible and made our company a fun place to work.”

The producer’s recently published accounts for 2020 show it has liabilities of £3.4M, including a nearly £3M loan from a shareholder that was due to be repaid in May last year. The accounts do not specify which of Youngest’s shareholders advanced the loan.

The youngest, named Flynn and Church after the last born in their family, began with ambitions to create entertainment shows that could work online or in gaming.

game of clones, a dating show in which singletons design their perfect partner and then date “clones” of their vision, began life on Channel 4’s youth channel E4. It was remade on MTV in America in 2019.

small fortune This was another format that ran for one season in the US after first launching on ITV in the UK. Younger also produced Channel 4’s Craig Charles-fronted daytime game show money bagWhich won an award from Broadcast last week, titled UK Trade.

Junior signed a first-look distribution deal with BBC Studios in 2021 and, in 2019, partnered with French producer Thierry Lachker to launch a division in France.

Murdoch stepped down as shareholder in November 2021.

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